What is this material? Asbestos?

Send a sample to a lab, let us know.

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Vermiculite.

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Here’s another photo

Roy answered you. He is correct.

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Weird its just in a pile in the basement

nothing in the attic?

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No attic access, vaulted ceiling no hatch.

https://www.google.com/search?q=vermiculite&oq=Vermiculite&aqs=chrome.0.0i433i512l2j0i512j0i433i512j0i457i512j0i512l5.4854j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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That is strange

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https://forum.nachi.org/search?expanded=true

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It’s in the freaking in the furnace.

Why? It is sold in Garden Centers in bags. Someone was potting plants or mixing up a batch of soil for their ‘special’ plants, and spilled a bag.

See my first Link above.

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well there ya go

Would it still be a good idea for it to be tested?

Report it, tell them about it, let them decide.

Some vermiculite contains asbestos. Some does not.
If you could tell by looking at it, there would be no need for a lab test.
I assume you have not read thru the multiple links that people have posted or you would not still be asking for an answer from us looking at pictures.
Send it to a lab if your customer wants to pay for a test.

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Just give it the infamous “lick” test!

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But that is only allowed by the qualified inspector from Ohio. :smiley:

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